SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

Winners to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 29-30
Release Date: 
Monday, March 12, 2018
Release Number: 
18-16
Contact: 
Terrence.Sutherland@sba.gov

WASHINGTON – Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced today this year’s Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. All of the winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C on April 29-30 where they will be honored with their individual award along with special recognition of the three runners-up and the naming of the 2018 National Small Business Person of the Year. 

 

“It is my honor and distinct pleasure to announce the 52 winners from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico,” McMahon said. “These small business owners define entrepreneurial spirit and best represent the 30 million small businesses that are the backbone and economic engine of our economy. I look forward to welcoming the winners to Washington next month when they are officially honored for their achievements.”

 

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week.  National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are April 29 – May 5. 

 

After the national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. McMahon will continue National Small Business Week with a bus road show starting in Jacksonville, Fla. and then continue on to South Carolina and North Carolina.  Each stop she will meet with small business owners, visit small businesses and hold roundtable discussions. Additionally, virtual events, recognition and educational opportunities throughout SBA’s 10 Regions and 68 Districts will be held throughout the week. 

 

2018 STATE SMALL BUSINESS PERSONS OF THE YEAR

 

ALABAMA  

Charles W. Underwood II                                                  

Owner                                                                        

C & R Movers, LLC                                                              

Montgomery, AL 36110

 

ALASKA

Lori Brewer                                                                          

President                                                                                

Caffe D’arte Alaska/Alaska Coffee & Restaurant Equipment

Anchorage, AK 99518

 

ARIZONA                

Dirck Theodor Schou                                                          

President and CEO                                                                

Catalina China, Inc.

Dba HF Coors

Tucson, AZ 85713

 

ARKANSAS

Joe Saumweber                                                                    

Co-Founder & CEO                                                               

Michael Paladino                                                                 

Co-Founder & CTO

RevUnit LLC

Bentonville, AR

 

CALIFORNIA           

Matthew Cohen                                                                   

Chief Executive Officer                                                         

Off the Grid Services, LLC

San Francisco, CA 94123

 

COLORADO            

Margot Langstaff

Managing Partner – Marjority Owner

Elisa Jane Hamill

Managing Partner – Co-Owner

LifeHealth

Littleton, CO 80123

 

CONNECTICUT                

April Marie Lukasik                                               

President                                                                                

Bright & Early Children’s Learning Centers

North Branford, CT 06471

 

DELAWARE     

Kim Adams                                                              

President and CEO                                                    

Mountain Consulting, Inc.                                         

Dover, DE 19904

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Denita R. Conway

President and CEO

PROVEN Management, LLC

Washington, DC 20001

 

FLORIDA                

Michael Zaffaroni

Owner

Fernandina Mulch & Stone, LLC

Dba Liberty Landscape Supply

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

 

GEORGIA                

Peter Andrews Dugas                                                                                  

President and CFO                                                                

Tonya Barr Dugas

CEO

Dusoul Company

Dba Technical Services Audio Visual

Athens, GA 30606

 

HAWAII

Reginald G. Perry

Managing Manager

Barbers Point Aviation Services, LLC

Kapolei, HI 96707

 

IDAHO         

September Myres                                                     

President and CEO                                                    

Sundance Consulting, Inc.                                         

Pocatello, ID 83201

 

ILLINOIS                    

Rebecca Fyffe                                                                                   

President

ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc.

Dba Landmark Pest Mgmt

Schaumburg, IL 60173

 

INDIANA                 

Michele Durante Meyer                                                                  

President and CEO                                                                            

Creative Solutions Consulting, Inc.                                       

  (CSCI Consulting)                                                                           

Indianapolis, IN 46216                                                                      

 

IOWA

Bob Simpson, President                                                      

Big River Packaging                                                              

Clinton, IA 52732

 

KANSAS                  

David Sasson

President & CEO

OverstockArt.com

Wichita, KS 67211

 

KENTUCKY

Lesme Romero

Owner/Manager

EZ Foods, Inc.

Dba Lexington Pasta/Lexington Pasta Garage

Lexington, KY 40505

 

LOUISIANA

Keith Porta                                                                           

Managing Member                                                    

APC Construction, LLC                                                        

Harvey, LA 70058                                                                 

 

MAINE                     

Beth Shissler                                                             

President and COO                                                                

Donald Oakes                                                                       

CEO

Sea Bags, LLC

Portland, ME 04101

 

MARYLAND

Tamara Michele Beideman                                     

Owner                                                                        

Elizabeth Jane, Inc.

Dba Sweet Elizabeth Jane

Ellicott City, MD 21043

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Joseph Melville

Gary Melville

Owners

Melville Candy Corporation

Randolph, MA 02368

 

MICHIGAN             

Albert F. Zehnder                                                                

CEO                                                                                       

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth, MI 48734

 

MINNESOTA          

Brenda Kay Nolby

CEO

Jam Hops Gymnastics Factory, Inc.

Ham Lake, MN 55304

 

MISSISSIPPI                       

Barbara Alamsha                                                                

Tim Alamsha                                                            

Owners/Operators                                                                  

Ear Candie Productions, LLC

 Dba Rock U 2

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

 

MISSOURI              

Melissa Ann Smith, DDS                                                    

Managing Dentist and Owner/Operator

Washington Smiles Complete Health Dentistry

Washington, MO 63090

 

MONTANA  

Charles “Skip” King                                                           

Owner

King’s Ace Hardware

Billings, MT 59102

 

NEBRASKA

Mark Anthony Santo                                                          

Mark VII Enterprises, Inc.

Omaha, NE 68131

 

NEVADA                 

Medhi Zarhloul                                                                    

Founder & CEO

Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill

Henderson, NV 89052

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE            

Mark Wentworth                                                                 

President & CEO                                                                   

Green View Technologies, Inc.

Rollinsford, NH 03869

 

NEW JERSEY         

Richard C. Spanier                                                              

President and CEO                                                                

Rudolph Research Analytical                                     

Hackettstown, NJ 07840

 

NEW MEXICO                   

Jasper Dutch Riddle                                                

President/Winemaker                                                 

Noisy Water Winery & Cellars                                              

Ruidoso, NM 88345

 

NEW YORK

Snehal (Raj) Dayanidham Thakkar                                  

Founder & CEO                                                                     

Charter School Business Management, Inc.                                                  

Dba FOREsight Financial Services for Good           

New York, NY 10001

 

NORTH CAROLINA                     

Andrew Michael Matroni                                                   

Founder and CEO                                                                  

Innovation Catering, Inc.                                                       

Dba Queen City Catering                                                       

Charlotte, NC 28208

 

NORTH DAKOTA  

Kari Marie Weigel                                                               

Executive Director/Owner                                         

Sylvan Learning Center

Bismarck, ND 58503

 

OHIO

David S. Nolan                                                                     

President/CEO                                                                       

Quality Control Services LLC                                               

Cleveland, OH 44114

 

OKLAHOMA           

Tracy Lynn Evans                                                               

Owner and CEO                                                                    

Woodward Wellness Center, LLC

Woodward, OK 73801

 

OREGON                             

Matt Higgins                                                             

Owner                                                                        

Coava Coffee Roasters, Inc.

Portland, OR 97214

 

PENNSYLVANIA 

William A. Campbell                                                                       

CEO                                                                                                   

Water Treatment Services

Dba First Defense Operations Management

Monroeville, PA 15146

 

PUERTO RICO                   

Alex Gomez                                                                           

President                                                                                

Tijuana’s Bar & Grill Corp.

San Juan, Puerto Rico 00909

 

RHODE ISLAND    

Kelly Beth Mendell                                                  

President                                                                                

MIKEL, Inc.

Middletown, RI 02842

 

SOUTH CAROLINA                      

Ronald David McNeil                                                          

CEO                                                                                       

Hannah Solar Government Services

Charleston, SC 29492

 

SOUTH DAKOTA  

Kevin Nyberg                                                           

President/CEO

Nyberg’s Ace Hardware, Inc.

Sioux Falls, SD 57105

 

TENNESSEE                       

Joseph Powers                                                                      

Owner                                                                        

Green Cube Solutions                                                

Blountville, TN 37617

 

TEXAS         

Von C. Washington Sr.                                                       

President and CEO                                                                

IDA Technology

El Paso, TX 79905

 

UTAH           

Paul Casper Merrill                                                 

CEO/President

Casper’s Ice Cream, Inc.

 Dba Fatboy Ice Cream, Inc.

Richmond, UT 84333

 

VERMONT  

Sacha Mayer                                                                         

CEO, Co-Founder

Christine Dodson

COO, Co-Founder

Mamava, Inc.

Burlington, VT 05401

 

VIRGINIA               

David S. Kyle II                                                                   

President/Chief Executive Officer                             

Trademasters Service Corporation                            

Lorton, VA 22079

 

WASHINGTON      

Danny House                                                            

Owner

Dan The Sausageman

Burien, WA 98166

 

WEST VIRGINIA  

Douglas Tate                                                                         

President & CEO                                                                   

Alpha Technologies, Inc.

Hurricane, WV 25526

 

WISCONSIN           

Miles Harter                                                             

CEO                                                                                       

Curt Greeno                                                                         

President                                                                                

Dynamic Recycling                                                                

Onalaska, WI 54650

 

WYOMING  

Tyler Reed Miller                                                                 

President                                                                                

Earth Work Solutions

Gillette, WY 82717

 

 

 


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and is a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses, and recover from disasters.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. To learn more about SBA, visit www.sba.gov.